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$100,000 Settlement in Iroquois County lawsuit

A civil lawsuit against Iroquois County, involving a correctional officer, has been settled for $100,000.

The county insurance company settled with 38-yerar-old Corey Kilgore, a Watseka resident who accused a jailer of physical abuse. Kilgore claimed his constitutional rights were violated. Kilgore claimed he was choked by the jailer while being detained at the county jail.

Kilgore was being held for a DUI arrest made by Illinois State Police. Kilgore later pleaded guilty to the DUI charge.

Iroquois County State’s Attorney Jim Devine explained the original suit seeking $387,000 was settled for the $100,000.

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Hoopeston Man Killed in Vermilion County Crash

Authorities say it was a fiery head-on collision along Illinois route 9 in Vermilion County Wednesday that left a Hoopeston man dead. 30-year-old Elizandro Solis Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, according to County Coroner Peggy Johnson.

Sheriff’s Police report an eastbound car crossed the center line shortly after 1:30 pm and struck a west-bound semi tractor trailer.  Police say the tractor portion of the truck burst into flames following impact, but the driver of the truck escaped serious injuries.

Deputies closed Illinois route 9 for several hours Wednesday as they investigated. The highway has since been reopened to traffic.

The Coroner says an autopsy is scheduled today.

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Stolen vehicle chase ends with crash in Iroquois County

Three juveniles face prosecution in Indiana after leading police on a chase from Indiana into Illinois Tuesday. The chase ended with the vehicle crashing in a ditch near Stockland, in Iroquois County.

The juveniles were treated at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. There were no serious injuries.

Benton County, Indiana Sheriff Butch Pritchart told WGFA News one of his deputies responded to a call about an erratic driver. When an attempt was made to stop the SUV, the driver led police on a 110 mph chase, the vehicle running through several yards and down a gravel road before crashing in a ditch at Stockland.

Sheriff Pritchart said it wasn’t until after the incident that police learned the Dodge Durango had been stolen from Frankfort, IN.

The case has been turned over to the Benton County Prosecutor’s office.

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Scary Fire after car hits gas pump in Kankakee

It was just a 10-minute fire, but it looked like a devastating blaze at a Kankakee gas station Wednesday.

An SUV went up in flames after it hit a gas pump at the Citgo gas station at 604 S. Indiana Avenue about 3:30 in the afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle said the engine stalled, and after restarting, the vehicle jumped out of control, hit the pump and both went up in flames. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Firemen were on the scene in minutes. Witnesses reported hearing large bangs, car windows were blown out from the heat. But again, no injuries.

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Conservation Reserve Program Set to Resume

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has been authorized to resume as of May 13 for continuous CRP practices. Filter strips, field borders, field windbreaks, pollinator habitat, riparian buffer tree plantings and grass waterways are just a few of the continuous CRP practices.

A general CRP signup for those landowners with highly erodible cropland will open May 20 and run through June 14.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and/or Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff will be making field visits to determine eligibility for re-enrollment on expiring CRP contracts.

For more information on CRP, Please contact the Iroquois County USDA Office at (815) 432-3946.

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